Now on Pod Academy: The global Domain Name System in China

China DNSNew interview for Pod Academy is up! Listen to Cyber sovereignty: The global Domain Name System in China

This episode is based on the article Internet Domain Names in China: Articulating Local Control with Global Connectivity by Séverine Arsène and can be found in the 2015 issue of China Perspectives- Shaping the Chinese Internet

More information, resources, etc all at Pod Academy.

As always, cover art by Tiana Tucker (who makes everything I do look so much better)


Field Recording

Burning LeavesI have a hard drive full of sounds (long, short, exciting, excruciatingly dull..) and it’s time to let them go. So I’m finally uploading my field recordings to All unedited work will go into the public domain.

So far you can find the sounds of burning leaves and yard work and the crowds and birds at a garden sale (also embedded).


Hertzoggies and Political Food

We posted our second episode of Political Food and the first (hopefully of many) that has me feeling excited to be working on this project. We interviewed historian Sarah Emily Duff about the South African treat Hertzoggies. It’s a fun episode and very informative. Find more about it at

I’m going to one cooking event and one political event this week so expect more episodes from the field. In the next episode we’re back to the basics with just a general history overview and cooking instruction.

First episode of Political Food

We (collaboration with Olivia Bennett) finally launched the first episode of Political Food. To start the series we go through the legend of Hutspot and how the siege of Leiden crafted this dish. It’s an informative and playful 15min layman’s history lesson and instructions on how to cook. We’re still trying to find the best format for the show and learning through every part of the process, but we’re excited about the concept and doing our best to bring it to life! For more information and the recipe go to our blog post about it at

We’re finishing up the next episode on Brigideiros, scheduled for Feb 26th, and next week I’m interviewing a special guest for our third episode on Hertzoggies which is set to go up March 11. Keep up with this show on our website or through twitter and instagram @politicalfoods, facebook/politicalfoods and soundcloud/politicalfoods

Political Food Show .com

political food!Launching a new podcast series called Political Food. The series crosses the earth looking for cuisine that has been shaped by human conflict. We look at military conflict, colonization, and political campaigns while making the cakes, stews and cocktails they produced. Our first episode on the Dutch dish Hutspot and the Dutch War of Independence will be up this month. We’ve also prepared Brigadeiro (a chocolate truffle from Brazil) and Beer Soup (a breakfast item from medieval Germany). For updates on this project you can check out our website:

This is a partnership with Olivia Bennett at Obralter Photography, who is co-hosting and photographing the recipes.

How-To-Drink: The Pisco Chilcano

A collaboration with Olivia Bennett and the first in our series of Tomb Raider level inspired cocktails. This is our how-to for the Peruvian cocktail the Chilcano:

1oz Pisco (a Peruvian brandy – we went with Don Benedicto)
3 drops Angostura Bitters (a little goes a long way)
Lime Juice (to taste)
Simple Syrup (to taste – again, a little goes a long way)
Ginger Ale (fill to the top)

According to this site the Chilcano started out as a makeshift version of the Italian drink the Buon Giorno (which uses grappa instead of pisco). Italian immigrants to Peru in the mid/late nineteenth century replaced the grappa with the local (read: cheaper) brandy Pisco and the chilcano was born. About two hundred years earlier, Pisco was being developed as a local (read: cheap) alternative to the popular Spanish brandy, Orujo. It’s really a cocktail inspired by thrift and immigration.